Friday, April 13, 2012

Alicia, my children think you're a genius.

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Of course I agree with them. Eastern Orthodox Easter is one week later than Western Easter this year, so in addition to getting all your Easter candy on sale (thanks for leaving some), I also have an extra week to absorb some really good egg dying ideas.  In addition to our traditional solid red eggs, as soon as I saw my friend Alicia's botanical eggs, I was dying to do it (pardon the pun).  Falling in line with their typical kid selves, the children did not trust me when I explained the process.  There were smirks, huhs, quizzical brows, rolled eyes, and every manner of mom-yer-dumb looks on their faces.  Then I pulled up Alicia's post on my laptop and a chorus of aaaahhhoooOOOHhh came over the room.  Why do I always have to prove myself to this bunch.  Hmpf.  This is one rare occurrence where I am totally happy to give someone else the credit (even if those stinkers shouldn't need proof).  (Anyway, Alicia, and then they kept reading your blog while I did most of the work.)

I am so excited about this weekend!  Juliana is coming home tonight, my parents are coming Sunday and we will break the fast in every delicious manner possible.  But first, Saturday we will plant all our Spring veg in the newly built raised beds in the backyard then take big long naps before we wake everyone up for a midnight Resurrection Liturgy.  I have such sweet memories of giving in to sleep on my mother's lap at midnight service, using her crocheted shawl as a blanket. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.  Should you need to mess around with fabric, Bianca has started a Quilt Along for the Patchwork Prism quilt as well as gathered up some incentive for playing along!

smack! AM

47 comments:

  1. These eggs are so cool! I do hope you have plenty of time to enjoy your family this weekend! :D

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  2. Batik"ishly" Beautiful!

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  3. Oh, I do love those kidsa yours. ;-) And you, too. xoxoxo

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  4. My grandmother always dyed our eggs dark rusty brown using onion skins. She saved them all year.

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  5. Oh, have a wonderful Easter! So joyful, so wonderful!

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  6. Kali Anastasi! Have a great weekend.

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  7. Those eggs are amazing!!!!! Have a wonderful Holiday with your family.
    Meredith

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  8. The eggs are gorgeous. You are a good friend. Alicia's blog is gorgeous. You have gotten me interested in crewel embroidery again, and I bought a lovely alphabet crewel pattern on Alicia's site. I am so excited to get started on it - instant download for the win!!!

    Easter blessings to you and your family.

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  9. We did the exact same thing this year using the same post!

    Happy Pascha!!

    Christ has Risen! Truely He has Risen!

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  10. So much fabulousness! Ok, pinning this idea for next year.

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  11. They really are fabulous eggs!
    But is anyone else wondering where to get pantyhose? I think I have gone to the far end of the casual spectrum!

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  12. wow they are just beautiful, I love the reflection of nature they give.

    :)

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  13. What fun eggs! The quilt along sounds like it's right up my alley, and prizes (!!!!!) yippee!!

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  14. I saw this post too and want to try! I do love Alicia's blog. I am so excited for the QAL! I really love your pattern. I'm in!

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  15. i love alicia's blog too :) so so inspiring and beautiful. i love the way you write about your children! it feels like i'm right there with you.... you are very talented miss anna :)

    http://phishybee.blogspot.com/

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  16. Those eggs are really neat. Love how they turned out.

    Happy Easter!

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  17. WOW! I really appreciate your work
    Keep it up

    gifts to pakistan

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  18. My friend's mum taught us to dye eggs many years ago, but we carefully covered the egg and its flower decoration with onion skin(tricky - everything slides around - I suppose you could dampen the egg first). Then we bound the whole thing with a long strip of white cotton fabric and tied it off so that the whole thing felt firm and secure. After boiling and leaving to cool, the unwrapped, deflowered(!) eggs were beautifully marbled in shades from pale lemon to dark tan, but with the palest flower silhouettes - we used primrose flowers with the bulky sepal bit chopped off so they would lie flat, face down on the egg's surface.

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  19. Our favorite way to do eggs! Yours are lovely. Καλό Πάσχα!

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  20. So lovely!

    I have allready just coloured our eggs for churchblessing tonight..so sad that I missed this!!! its a great thing!

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  21. Patty7:58 AM

    Beautiful! On my bookmark bar, Alicia is the first on the left and you are right next to her. I laughed when I saw this post, its like you're friends on the bookmark bar too!

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  22. I love these eggs! And thank you for explaining your Easter rituals to us!

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  23. I'm with the kids! This is genius! The nylon stockings to hold the "stencils" in place! Awesome.
    I got lazy this year and didn't do my natural dyes...and sadly enough, didn't even dye eggs.

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  24. Another quilt along....i'm in definitely for this one!

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  25. Anonymous4:14 AM

    Christos Anesti!

    Elena

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  26. I have been reading your blog for so long and didn't realize you were orthodox! We are Russian Orthodox :) Christ is Risen! I'm definitely using this idea next year!

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  27. Got a question, I'm going to do the Patchwork Prism quiltalong and I want to use my precious box of Oakshott cottons. There are only 1/8 yd cuts (or fat eighths)? Haven't even cut the wrapping on them yet-soooo, I've reduced the templates by 50%, since I don't want a big quilt-just a wallhanging. Should I use 1/8" seams? I'm thinking yes and will probably make up a few test blocks first, but thought you might have some insight into whether this will work or not since it is your gorgeous pattern.

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  28. Lovely eggs! I may make some of these this week, even though our Easter has past...

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  29. Anonymous11:57 AM

    A post on Alicia's blog several years ago that praised your generous spirit is how I found YOUR blog. Wouldn't miss what either of you are up to for ANYthing!

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  30. Personally, I Love how the flowers on the bowl, echo the flowers that you are using to dye.
    Great picture.

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  31. I'm Orthodox too! Christos Anesti!!!

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